Research

   
   

 

 

Current and Recent projects:

Researching the History of the University of Sussex LGBTQ+ Student Society

Calling anyone involved with the Sussex student LGBTQ+ society. The society has changed its name over the years and if you have ever been connected to the group in any of its versions we would love to hear from you.The history of the LGBTQ+ student society at Sussex is an important resource in local, national and international politics, rights and identities. This research project aims to create a timeline of the society and its changing names; identify members of the society over time; and map connections to other organisations and broader political concerns.

The outcomes of the research will be a poster (exhibited in the University of Sussex Library and online); a report and a portfolio of shared resources. These resources will be shared with the University of Sussex LGBTQ+ society, researchers on the project and will provide the basis for a documentary project and a journal article.

Two junior research associate (JRA) positions have been funded by the University of Sussex to carry out the research, supervised by Kate O’Riordan and supported by Sharon Webb.

We are looking for people who would prepared to give up their time for a short interview about involvement, or from anyone with information about the history of the society. Please contact Kate O’Riordan (MFM) k.oriordan@sussex.ac.uk if you could contribute to the project.

Thank you for your help.

 

Unreal objects
There is a huge and ongoing investment of time, money and institutional resources in unreal objects e.g. genomes, smart grids, precision medicine, networks – at the same time as we see a disinvestment in lives – in the arts, humanities, education, health and welfare. These things are hinged together – unreal objects undo subjects – e.g. smart grids have no humans, the human genome project was about information, investments in technoscientific projects at best distract, and at worst, detract from people in their everyday life contexts where they are more concerned about how existing basic health care and education can be accessed rather than the next global science project.  Unreal Objects is available as a book published with Pluto Press in 2017.

Feminist Media Futures

This is a collaborative writing project with Professor Sarah Kember and Professor Caroline Bassett. Feminist Media Futures is a collaborative book project that aims to intervene in questions about the digital and the material both in terms of objects and politics in the world, and conditions of writing in academia. We aim to explore different kinds of writing, and forms of intervention in an approach to digital media theory that mixes up ideas, objects, theories through processes of overwriting and collaboration  In developing the project we aim to provide an intervention into digital media theory by drawing on feminist genealogies, traditions of writing and approaches to science and technology.

Queer Feminist Media Praxis

This special issue of Ada emerged from several collaborations. It came together from existing networks and led to the making of new ones. Its genesis starts with the workshop Queer Feminist and Social Media Praxis, organised by the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, in May 2013.

http://adanewmedia.org/2014/07/issue5-fotopoulouoriordan/

 

 

 

 

 

My research examines intersections of digital culture and science and technology, deploying sexuality and gender as key analytical categories. I am interested in formulating critical language around biodigital life and the politics of knowledge production around emerging technologies.

More details of my work can be found at Academia.Edu

I welcome PhD applications investigating questions about digital culture as well as projects looking at cultural and social questions about science and technology inlcuding: art and science; public engagement with emerging technologies; public knowledge, science and technology; feminist science studies; gender, sexuality and digital culture; and gender, sexuality and science.